My guess is that if it IS an electronic product with a well-designed circuit board, it can potentially be reverse-engineered with enough time. It might not work exactly as well or even close but with enough revisions, the code could be identical enough. The only real barrier would be the market share and confidence the originator would gain before the cpycats have a chance to be successful.
I don't think it's illegal. I once heard a comparison to Chinese manufacturers saying that they can duplicate a product extremely well up to 72 hours after its official release to the market. That's impressive.. but in a bad way.
My conclusion is that the new plant will get approved, because Western nations probably do not consider the technology at stake so cutting-edge.
It quite clearly shows the trust-deficit that China has vis a vis most Major Western manufacturers in the sensitive technlogies space.
Ultimately its a question of gaining a piece of what is(supposedly) the hottest market ever.But would a tanking Chinese economy(as growth slides sharply thanks to its credit bust);lead to more thoughts regarding whether more manufacturing should move to Mainland China?
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.